“Things You Get For Free isn’t just an amusing travelogue; it’s also full of the sorts of stories we all can tell about our pasts. It’s so easy to forget how precious our family histories are. If you’ve forgotten, read McGirr’s book; it’s an excellent reminder.” Connie Ogle, The Miami Herald
Things You Get for Free
978-0-8021-4000-5 • $13.00 • Paperback • Apr. 2003
Although Maureen McGirr planned to go to Europe with her late husband for their honeymoon, she spent forty years finding excuse after excuse to put off the trip. Finally her son Michael, a Jesuit priest, uses his vacation to take her on the honeymoon she never got around to having. Things You Get for Free is a priest’s hilarious and heartwarming account of six weeks spent discovering a continentand so much morein the company of his mum, an eccentric and strong-willed woman whose motto is, “I know more than you think I do.” Touring Europe’s hot spots in addition to those places off the beaten path, Michael finds his fellow travelers as fascinating as the places he visits, offering an hilarious account of family, faith, and the extraordinary people who have shaped usand in ways that never cease to surprise, shape us still.